Binkley Park trail is an approximately 8 mile long singletrack of beginner to intermediate difficulty. The trail is located on a 60 acre city park, and winds through the woods, has some slight climbs, and some switchback descents. Portions of the trail run along a creek. The trail is well-marked with color-coded signs. There are some wooden features—including jumps and drops—and new features are added regularly.
Bikers have the right of way on Binkley Park and Binkley Park West trails.
There are three main portions to the entire trail system, which also includes some extra milage around Herman Baker lake to the south of Binkley Park proper:
- Binkley Park
- Binkley Park West
- Herman Baker Loop Trail
There is a skills area near the parking lot with some dirt table tops and wooden ladder drops. The technical features on the trail have the same scale as the features in the skills area, so it is recommended riders practice or warmup at the skills area before heading onto the trail.
The trailhead is located in the northwest corner of the field past the gazebo as you stand in the parking lot. Begin by heading north onto the Binkley Park trail and head clockwise. In most instances, you’ll take all lefts to go longer or rights to head back to the trailhead for a shorter ride. When you come to Binkley Park road, you can either turn right to head back toward the trailhead, or cross the street and look for Land of the Lost to continue on Binkley Park West.
From here you can continue southwest until you come to the tunnel under West Center Street. Taking the tunnel will connect you to the Herman Baker Loop. You’ll first run the Dam Climb then take the Herman Baker Loop around Pickens Lake. Here you must yield the right of way to hikers—Herman Baker Loop is a nature trail with no signage.. Follow the Herman Baker Loop trail around to Baker’s Dozen, which will parallel West Center Street for
about .33 miles before bringing you back to the tunnel.
Follow Binkley Park West as it winds northeast back towards Binkley Park Drive. Along the way you’ll see the optional Barnes Bonus for some extra technical riding. Once you cross the road you’ll rejoin the main Binkley Park trail that will eventually deposit you back at the trailhead.